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BULKEX16 announce key speakers

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BULKEX16 is a two-day event is aimed at professionals, organisations and academics working in bulk materials handling. It brings together the highly-regarded professionals that influence the industry and offers visitors a great opportunity to attend an exhibition and conference that includes leading suppliers of the technical services and products the industry demands.

Registration to the event at the Harrogate International Centre on Wednesday 5 October and Thursday 6 October is free.

BULKEX16 have announced the first five key speakers for BULKEX 2016:

Philippe Frenay, Managing Director, UK and Overseas, Aggregate Industries

Philippe joined Aggregate Industries in 2011 and has specific responsibility for the Aggregates Divisions in the UK and Overseas.

Part of Aggregate Industries is Glensanda Quarry, a super quarry situated on the banks of Loch Linnhe on the West Coast of Scotland. Glensanda produces high quality crushed granite to markets all across Northern Europe, from washed sand through to off-shore armour material.

Philippe has extensive experience within the construction materials industry, having worked for Aggregate Industries’ parent company Holcim since 1990. Prior to that, he held various similar positions in Ready-Mix, Cement and Aggregates in Belgium, Netherlands and the North of France. His experience extends across executive and general management, mergers and acquisitions, business development, change management, marketing and sales and logistics in the construction industry in Europe.

Martin Downey, Bulk Terminal and Operational Engineering Director, The Bristol Port Company

Martin is skilled in all aspects of bulk handling and port engineering. He is responsible for handling a variety of bulk cargoes including coal, biomass, stone, animal feed and grain from transhipment, unloading, storage to reloading.

Highly experienced in the commercial logistics and demographics of the UK bulk market, Martin’s knowledge ranges across all areas of aggregates extraction, processing, distribution and marketing with further experience of coated materials, the recycling of secondary aggregates and land filling of waste.

His experience includes managing several joint ventures, developing team relationships, motivating workforces and dealing with all levels of staff and executive personnel including those within other companies and external agencies such as local and central government.

In Bristol, Martin is responsible for the purchase, maintenance and development of equipment for one of the world's most technically advanced ports.

Chris Griffin, Business Development Manager, Peel Ports

Chris Griffin is an experienced leader in the logistics sector, having held senior roles in global and international logistics and warehousing organisations.

As the sector expert with Group Business Development responsibility for the one of the UK’s largest port operators, Peel Ports Group, Chris heads the strategic development of bulks and energy, encompassing all dry and liquid bulks, in addition to the array of markets in the energy sector.

Michael Mitchell, Pre-Contracts Director for the Civil Engineering Division at GRAHAM Construction

Michael Mitchell is Pre-Contracts Director for the Civil Engineering Division at GRAHAM Construction. GRAHAM Construction is currently undertaking construction of major biomass handling and storage facilities at Immingham and Liverpool ports.

Mike Bradley, The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, University of Greenwich

Mike Bradley is Professor in Particle and Bulk Technology, Director of the Wolfson Centre and Head of the Greenwich Manufacturing Group at the University of Greenwich.

He was awarded both his honours degree and PHD from Thames Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich) and, as the Director, provides technical leadership in all aspects of bulk solids handling.

His particular areas of interest lie in pneumatic conveying, design of hoppers and silos, dust control, plant integration and maintenance of product quality. He is Chair of Solids Handling and Processing Association (SHAPA), a member of Materials Handling Engineers’ Association (MHEA) and of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Bulk Materials Handling Committee (IMechE). He was awarded a professorship in 2006 and the directorship in 2008.

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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